PHOTO: Another Milestone for Port of Oakland

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers helped California make history this week when the largest container ship ever to visit the United States berthed at the port of Oakland, an achievement port officials are calling a milestone in trans-Pacific trade.

The quarter-mile long Benjamin Franklin, operated by the French-based CMA CGM group, arrived from Los Angeles on its maiden voyage after being launched from a Chinese shipyard in November.

Port officials are calling its successful berthing a game-changer in the history of trade between the United States and Asia, a visit made possible by the Corps’ San Francisco District, which dredged the port’s shipping channels to 50 feet in order to accommodate deep draft vessels.

Annual maintenance of Oakland Harbor performed by the Corps has made it one of only a handful of American ports capable of berthing cargo ships of this size, visits that create thousands of jobs and generate hundreds of millions of dollars in business revenue.

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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